Former Rangers winger, Daniel Candeias, has shown solidarity with a rival player on Twitter as the Super Lig controversially continues on amid a global health pandemic.
The postponement of the Russian Premier League on Tuesday ensured that the Turkish top-flight is now the last remaining major European league in which matches are still being played.
The vast majority of other domestic competitions called a halt to fixtures last week, but games continue in Turkey, albeit behind closed doors.
Candeias last turned out for Genclerbirligi – the team he left Ibrox for in the summer – on Saturday, in a 1-0 defeat at Denizlispor.
On Tuesday evening, though, he showed solidarity on Twitter with Olcay Sahan, who played at left-back for the opposition at the weekend.
Sahan’s original tweet racked up close to 20,000 likes and translated, reads as follows: “We footballers will use their airports to go away, we will stay at hotels and go to matches.”
“We will be obliged to contact, as a requirement of our job. We will always do our job even in the most difficult situations, but remember that we have a family…”
Candeias liked and retweeted the post, suggesting that while he will continue to play, he believes the situation is dangerous.
Biz futbolcular deplasmana gitmek için havaalanlarını kullanacağız, otellerde konaklayacağız ve maçlara çıkacağız. Mecburen işimiz gereği temas kurmak zorunda kalacağız. En zor durumlarda bile işimizi her zaman yapacağız ancak bizimde ailemiz olduğu unutulmasın…
— Olcay.sahan10 (@olcay_sahan10) March 17, 2020
It’s not just through social media that players are looking to pile pressure on the Turkish footballing authorities, though.
It emerged on Wednesday afternoon that former Chelsea player, Jon Obi Mikel, had left Trabzonspor by mutual consent after expressing his own fears about continuing to play [BBC Sport]
Each team has eight league matches remaining, but especially now that the situation has gained widespread media attention, it would be a major surprise if the authorities aren’t soon forced into postponements.